Have you ever ask your self the question, “why do dogs pant?” Or did you ever wonder the reason behind it? Well, humans don’t pant so why should you bother yourself regarding a panting dog? Actually if you have that curiosity you have already ask that question but you just did not bother to find nature’s explanation. If you are stricken by intense heat what do you do? Maybe you will fan yourself, enjoy a cool smoothie, plunge into the pool or any sort of refreshments. As for the dogs they can’t do those things. They just pant and that is the reason behind a panting dog.
Dogs need to hang its tongue outside its mouth not to create a funny expression but to cool it self. By doing that it allows the air to moisten its tongue and let the air flow in to its body. The blood vessels in the head start to get cool and later on its whole body. It is very important for your dog to maintain its normal body temperature so that it will not die of heatstroke. During hot summer days your dog becomes restless because it is having a hard time of controlling the heat inside its body. It would be helpful if you would bring your pet to a cooler area.
Even a small space under a sturdy oak tree would be perfect. On the other hand if you do not have a shady area you can allot some space inside your house for your pet. Make sure that you place him or her near the electric fan or air conditioner. You can also try bringing your pet to the nearest park. Most parks have abundant trees so finding an area under it can be relaxing for your pet. As for you, you can bring a book or laptop to keep you busy while your pooch is snoozing off. One very important tip that you have to remember during summer is to provide your pet with plenty of water.
Water keeps them cool so make sure that you check whether it still has plenty of fresh water in its bowl. Another option is giving your dog a bath or just spraying it using the garden hose would be fine. However do not attempt to do this under extreme heat because your pet might get sick. A sudden rush of cool water over its stricken hot body is not good. Hot temperature is not the only reason for a panting dog. Sometimes feelings make them pant beyond normal. Whenever your dog is excited it tends to jumps up and down so fast that it cannot catch its breath or when it feels stressed.
On the more serious side, a dog pants due to some health problems. Diseases in the heart and lungs cause your dog to pant. Sometimes when they pant beyond normal it seems like they are going to run out of breath. When this happens it would be advisable to get your pet to a vet so that its condition will be check. Early check ups often times detect serious illnesses. So to keep you from worrying about your pet’s health condition better have it check early on.
The author of this article Alex De La Cruz is a Dog Trainer who has been successful with several dog training courses for many years. Alex decided to share his knowledge and tips through his website http://www.doggyweb.info. You can sign up for his free newsletter and enjoy a healthy and submissive dog.